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Jonathan seeks independence for African electoral bodies.

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Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan has stressed the need for electoral management bodies in Africa continent to be free to discharge their responsibilities in order to deliver credible elections.

He begged African lawyers across the continent to use their calling to promote justice, equity and the rule of law.

This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Former President Jonathan tasks African lawyers on democracy, rule of law,’ released by his Media Office, on Monday.

The statement quoted him to have said this in a speech he presented as the guest speaker at the 2021 Annual African Bar Association Conference holding in Niamey, Niger Republic.

Jonathan said, “There is no doubt that the independence of the electoral management bodies is the key plank upon which a thriving democracy rests.

“I have always made the case that a truly democratic system narrows the space for strife and conflicts.

“It is therefore the prerogative of the legal professionals to not only protect the independence of the electoral management bodies, but also seek to ensure the integrity of electoral processes.”

 

 

 

Written by: Busayo Babs

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